Custom Telehealth Software for Mental Health

Sample Architecture, Key Features, and Integrations

In healthcare IT since 2005, ScienceSoft develops custom telehealth software and implements platform-based solutions to help healthcare organizations efficiently deliver remote care.

Telehealth Software for Mental Health - ScienceSoft
Telehealth Software for Mental Health - ScienceSoft

Telemedicine for Mental Health: the Essence

Telehealth for mental health enables remote interaction between mental health specialists and patients, removing distance barriers, time constraints, and fear of stigma. Patients can book online appointments, including couple, group, and family therapy sessions, reducing the disease exacerbation risk. The availability of remote sessions promotes higher patient satisfaction and retention levels, contributing to better outpatient care.

Custom telepsychiatry software can be especially beneficial for organizations willing to provide patients with personalized, disorder-tailored treatment plans, interactive tools for mental wellness self-monitoring, AI-powered symptom analysis, and more.

Telehealth software for mental health is usually integrated with EHR/EMR, a laboratory information system, and a practice management system to ensure smooth clinical workflows and instant communication.

Sample Architecture of a Telemedicine Solution for Mental Health

A high-level architecture of a telehealth solution for mental care will likely include the following key elements: an admin web panel, a patient app, an app for mental health specialists, a video streaming and messaging server, and a cloud data storage and processing module.

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Telemedicine for Mental Health: Key Functionality

Relying on 18 years of experience in the healthcare IT industry, ScienceSoft’s experts outline the most commonly requested features of telemedicine for mental health professionals.

Consultations with mental health specialists

  • Selection of a mental health professional for new patients based on their symptoms, preferences, etc.
  • Switching to a new mental health specialist in case of change in a patient’s needs or therapy type.
  • Booking an online appointment using a built-in calendar.
  • Pre-visit mental health questionnaires for mood and cognitive disorder screening, information on habits and lifestyle.
  • Audio/video conferencing with mental health care professionals, including group sessions.
  • Text and voice messaging.
  • Session recordings available to the mental health specialist and the patient.
  • Follow-up patient surveys.
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Medication and care management

  • Creation of custom and template-based treatment plans.
  • Giving medication prescriptions and refills within an app.
  • In-app access to patient profiles containing medication and treatment plans, lab test results, and more (for doctors and patients).
  • Dashboards to monitor the changes in a patient’s health over time (for doctors).
  • Comprehensive medication information available to doctors and patients, including drug descriptions and safety profiles, instructions, etc.
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Patient self-care

  • Condition-specific online assessment checklists for patient self-monitoring.
  • Mood, lifestyle, and symptom trackers.
  • Medication intake tracker with reminders.
  • Personalized educational module containing condition-specific materials.
  • Personal therapy goals for patients to independently evaluate their treatment progress.
  • Patient peer-to-peer support via moderated forums or in-app messaging (if approved by the therapist).
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AI-powered features

  • Detection of symptom patterns to identify triggers (e.g., more frequent hallucinations in patients with bipolar disorder caused by the lack of sleep).
  • Analysis across patient cases to find dependencies between symptoms, treatments, and outcomes.
  • Assessment of a patient’s condition based on the analysis of audio and video recordings.
  • Voice recognition for automated note-taking (for specialists).
  • Chatbots to suggest relevant educational materials or help patients perform in-app actions (e.g., to schedule an ad hoc therapy session, fill out a questionnaire).
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Payment and insurance

  • Instant payment processing via the connected payment gateways.
  • Support for multiple payment methods (bank transfer, card, web/mobile wallet, etc.).
  • Patient eligibility check and insurance verification.
  • Access to explanations of benefits.
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Patient data security and compliance

  • Identity management and multi-factor authentication for patients and specialists in psychiatry.
  • End-to-end data encryption (including ePHI, visit recordings, chat messages, user action logs).
  • Compliance with HIPAA, HITECH, GDPR, PCI DSS, SAMHSA, 42 CFR Part 2, and other applicable regulatory requirements.
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Important Integrations for Telepsychiatry Software

Having implemented over 100 successful healthcare projects, ScienceSoft recommends the following key integrations for your telepsychiatry application:

  • EHR/EMR system: to provide a mental health specialist with a 360-degree patient view (e.g., information on drug allergies, chronic conditions, past treatments); to log appointments and their results in EHR for billing purposes; to enable ePrescribing features.
  • Smart medical devices, including wearables: to collect patients’ vitals (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure) or lifestyle data (e.g., sleep duration and phases) and send them to the telehealth app server for storage, processing, and identification of abnormal values or trends.
  • Laboratory information system: to give mental health specialists access to patients’ lab test results and monitor the prescribed medications' side effects.
  • Practice management system: to provide in-app access to mental health professionals’ schedules; to implement automation in billing for telemedicine services and streamline accounting.

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How to Develop Telepsychiatry Software

Creating telemedicine software specifically tailored for mental health requires careful planning and execution. ScienceSoft adopts a targeted approach to development, ensuring that the solution aligns with the unique needs of mental health practices.

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Key Factors of a Telepsychiatry App Success

In 2022, 39% of all mental health visits in America were virtual. ScienceSoft’s experts identified the following factors of the successful telepsychiatry software adoption:

Cross-platform compatibility and mobile optimization: to ensure smooth app access and use on various devices (Android or iOS smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs) regardless of the screen resolution.

99%+ app availability, high performance, and stability.

User-friendly UX and UI with enhanced accessibility: to make navigation in the app convenient and easy for doctors and patients of any technical proficiency; to make sure the app is suitable for users regardless of their individual abilities (e.g., speech recognition for patients with visual or fine motor skills impairments, a colorblind mode).

Gamification: to sustain patients’ motivation (e.g., points and badges in the Goal section to record and track treatment progress).

Investments and ROI

Pricing Information

The development costs of a custom telepsychiatry solution with virtual consultation capabilities only may vary from $150,000 to $250,000. The price may increase to a range of $250,000-$400,000 when the functionality includes remote patient monitoring. The cost of end-to-end mental health patient engagement software that covers all of the above as well as long-term care and care coordination ranges between $400,000 and $1,000,000.

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Key financial benefits of mental telehealth software

Solutions for telemedicine in psychiatry generally reach 100% ROI in about 6 months.

Up to a 16% increase

in session attendance due to improved patient satisfaction.

Up to a 67% reduction

in clinical staffing and overhead expenses.

44% of clinicians

report lowered costs of care after telehealth implementation. 96% of mental health practitioners consider telehealth an efficient therapeutic tool.

Reduced spending on repeated tests

due to well-established information exchange between a provider and a patient.

Off-the-Shelf vs. Custom Telemedicine Software for Mental Health

athena Telehealth

Amwell

Doxy.me

Custom telehealth software for mental health

ScienceSoft’s choice

Basic telehealth capabilities
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Audiovisual consultations, treatment plan creation, medication prescription and refill.

General medical functionality
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Patient vitals tracking; AI-driven diagnostics, analysis across patient cases to find dependencies, voice recognition for medical note-taking; patient progress dashboards.

Limited. Vitals tracking only.

Limited. Vitals tracking; AI-powered patient engagement tools, voice recognition, and a real-time early warning score system.

Limited. Vitals tracking only.

Specialized mental health functionality
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Mental disorder-specific treatment plans and pre-visit screening questionnaires; self-care features for patients; mental disorder symptom analysis and trigger pattern identification.

Limited. Treatment plans with specialized behavioral health templates only.

Integrations

Native: with athenaNet (athenahealth EHR), athenahealth’s chronic condition management, behavioral health EHR, and remote patient monitoring solutions.

Via API: with EHRs, wearables, popular connected devices (e.g., wireless scales).

Native: with Amwell Connect EHR.

Via API: EHRs (Epic, Cerner, Allscripts, etc.), smart medical devices.

Via API: with EHRs.

Seamless connection to any required custom and platform-based solutions, including legacy software and smart devices.

Payment and insurance
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Verifying healthcare insurance or using payment gateways to pay for medical services.

A broad suite of built-in billing tools. Easy payment collection. Medicare, Medicaid, private, and self-funded insurance coverage of medical services.

Extensive payment collection capabilities. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance reimbursements.

Self-payments. Private insurance reimbursements for states (29) with telemedicine parity laws only. Limited Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

All possible insurance reimbursements, including self-payments.

Security
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Based on ScienceSoft’s expert assessment.

Main criteria: software deployment type and cloud type (public, private, hybrid); basic cybersecurity mechanisms (end-to-end data encryption, role-based access control, MFA); advanced data protection capabilities (e.g., AI-powered fraud detection); compliance with global security standards.

Regulatory compliance
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With relevant industry-specific, global, and local standards and regulations.

Compliance with HIPAA, HITECH/ARRA, ACA, ONC, HITRUST, PCI-DSS, HISP, EPCS.

Compliance with HIPAA, GDPR.

Using only HIPAA/HITECH-compliant servers.

Compliance with all required global, regional, and industry-specific regulations (HIPAA, HITECH, ONC, HITRUST, PCI-DSS, FDA, MDR, IVDR, GDPR, etc.).

Platform availability

Web.

Desktop: Mac, Windows.

Mobile: Android, iOS.

Web.

Desktop: Mac, Windows.

Mobile: Android, iOS.

Web.

Covers any required platforms, including web, desktop (Mac, Windows, Linux), and mobile (Android, iOS).

Ease of use
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Based on ScienceSoft’s expert assessment.

Main criteria: UX and UI complexity, convenience, and customization options; accessibility; learning curve.

Pricing
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For 100 users/year.

From $168,000

Additional fees: initial setup costs + customization and integration costs.

Upon request to the vendor.

Expect to pay initial setup fees + configuration, customization, and integration fees + licensing fees that depend on the number of software users.

From $50,400

Additional fees: initial setup costs + customization and integration costs.

From $150,000

Unlimited number of users. No additional fees.

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Success Story by ScienceSoft

MVP Development of an iOS Telemedicine App for Mental Health

ScienceSoft developed a HIPAA-compliant telemedicine application for a US team of seasoned behavioral specialists. The fully functional MVP enabling appointment scheduling, patient-therapist communication, condition self-management, and in-app payments was released within 4 months.

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ScienceSoft is a US-headquartered international IT consulting and software development company with 9 years of experience in delivering telemedicine solutions. Being ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and ISO 13485 certified, we help provide high-quality psychiatry telehealth services to digitalize patient care and improve retention.